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Poster: Alison OK Date: Oct 5, 2018 1:43pm
Forum: news Subject: Slate: You Can Now Read Mark Judge’s Book Without Paying Almost $2,000. But Is the Online Copy Legal?

The hottest book in the U.S. right now is almost impossible to get—and unusually so. It’s out of print, costs $1,849.99 on Amazon, and is “not even close to being a good book,” as the New York Times said in its review. But like with most books, you might now be able to get your hands on it at a digital library.

Mark Judge’s book Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk came under the spotlight as Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school and said that Judge was also present. According to Ford, both Kavanaugh and Judge were “extremely inebriated” during the attack, and Judge’s book has been cited as evidence that Judge and Kavanaugh were heavy drinkers in high school. The memoir details Judge’s experience and recovery with alcohol as a teenager.

But on Wednesday, the Internet Achieve, a nonprofit digital library, made Judge’s book available as a scanned digital copy. Initially, the book was uploaded without restrictions, so anyone could read it at any time. This version was “uploaded by someone from the community,” said Mark Graham, the director of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, in an email. It has since been replaced by a copy owned by the Boston Public Library and can only be loaned like a traditional book. (As of Thursday evening, you’d be 256th on the waitlist). On Thursday, two more copies of the book were uploaded without any restrictions by a member. Could the Internet Archive be violating U.S. copyright law, either by lending a digital copy owned by the Boston Public Library or by serving as a platform for members to upload content? In both cases, the answer is likely a no.

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